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Pakistan - South Asia
Genres Poetry, Children's and Young Adults' Literature, Editor
Kishwar Naheed was born in Bulandshahr, India, in 1940. She is one of the best-known feminist poets of Pakistan. Sha has written more than 10 collections of poetry, two anthologies of English translations of poetry published in India and 16 collections of children's stories. In a field dominated by traditional male voices Naheed, writing in Urdu, was pioneer of a new, distinctively feminine voice and has produced over the span of thirty years a body of work that is innovative, defiant, political, and self-aware. Her first collection of poetry, Lab-i goya, published in 1968, won the prestigious Adamjee Prize of Literature. This collection of traditional ghazals was followed by collection of nazms, translations of foreign poetry, and by many works in free verse.
Kishwar has held the position of Director General of Pakistan National Council of the Arts before her retirement, has edited a prestigious literary magazine Mah-I naw, and has founded an organization named Hawwa (Eve), whose goal is to help homebound women become financially independent through cottage industries and the marketing of handicrafts.
Adamjee Prize of Literature
UNESCO Prize for Children's Literature
Best Translation award of Columbia University
The Mandela Award by South Africa
Lab-i goya (1968)
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